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Ella Fitzgerald

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald

Profession: Jazz Musician

United States of America

Biography: Interpreter of the Great American Songbook. She sold 40 million copies of her more than 70 albums, won 13 Grammy Awards and was awarded the National Medal of Arts.

Born: April 25, 1917
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: June 15, 1996 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Diabetes

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Married Life

  • 1941-12-26 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay; annulled 1943
  • 1947-12-10 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (30) weds bass player Ray Brown (21); divorce 1953
  • 1953-08-28 American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald (36) divorces American jazz bassist Ray Brown (27) after 6 years of marriage

Historical Events

  • 1938-05-02 American singer Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" with Chick Webb and His Orchestra
  • 1938-06-25 "A Tisket A Tasket" by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hits #1
  • 1945-03-27 Ella Fitzgerald and Delta Rhythm Boys record the Harold Arlen-Yip Harburg-Billy Rose song "It's Only a Paper Moon"
  • 1959-05-04 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win
  • 2019-06-11 "The New York Times" reveals an estimated 500,000 song titles, including masters of Chuck Berry, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald, lost in 2008 warehouse fire on Universal backlot in Los Angeles

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